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Tim Harlow

Reporter | Traffic and transportation
Phone: 612-673-7768

Tim Harlow covers traffic and transportation issues in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and likes to get out of the office, even during rush hour. He also covers the suburbs in northern Hennepin and all of Anoka counties, plus breaking news and weather. 


Harlow previously spent four years covering Washington County news and writing about family events and festivals. He is a resident of Robbinsdale and earned a communications degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and a masters degree in communications from Bethel University.
Recent content from Tim Harlow
Traffic flowed on I-35W last summer as work on the freeway reconstruction project neared its end.

Why MnDOT closed 35W for concrete repairs even with new pavement

MnDOT putting down new chip seal on the Mendota Bridge, replacing material that has been peeling away for years.
The Minnesota River, seen from Mendota Heights.

Metro briefs: Eroding Shakopee riverbank gets federal funding

A project to stabilize the eroding banks of the Minnesota River in Shakopee has received $3.5 million in federal funding. Representatives from the city, Scott…
Homes and garages were flattened and vehicles tipped over on the south side of Lake Darling in Alexandria, Minn.

1 killed as severe storms cause damage across western Minn.

The death occurred in Kandiyohi County where a grain bin fell onto a car.
Construction on Interstate 94 has limited traffic to two lanes in St. Paul,

MnDOT closes parts of I-94, Hwy. 36 and Cedar Avenue for weekend road work

Lane closures also impact drivers on Hwy. 10 in Anoka, I-94 in downtown St. Paul and Hwy. 55 in Eagan and Inver Grove Heights.
A tree toppled by high winds from a thunderstorm smashed into a house, splitting it in two Thursday in Coon Rapids.

Tornadoes move across Minnesota for second night; one dead

A person was killed inside a car in Kandiyohi County after wind topples grain bin on top of it.
A large tree split a Coon Rapids house in half when it toppled in Wednesday night’s storm, as seen Thursday morning.

Tornadoes, hail, rain pummel Minnesota — and more to come

It was the first of two nights of stormy weather expected in the Twin Cities and much of Minnesota.
Anthony Skelley with his mother, Leah Burlingame

Teen charged with murder in South St. Paul shooting of fellow 17-year-old

Casimir Anthony Semlak, 17, was charged by juvenile petition with three counts of second-degree murder in Dakota County District Court.
Trooper Ben Madsen wore one of the new body cameras being issued to all state troopers, commercial vehicle inspectors and capitol security officers.

All Minnesota state troopers now wearing body cameras

Minneapolis, St. Paul and now the State Patrol, all with more than 500 officers each, require their officers to use body cameras.
Anthony Skelley with his mother, Leah Burlingame

Teen arrested in fatal South St. Paul shooting of 17-year-old

Anthony Skelley was gunned down Sunday night on Conver Avenue.
Rochester church fire deemed arson

Rochester church fire deemed arson

The fire at Peace United Church of Christ in April caused $2.5 million in damages.
Anthony Skelley with his mother, Leah Burlingame

Teen fatally shot in South St. Paul

The shooting did not appear to be random, police said.
Cable median barriers reduce head-on traffic fatalities by 95 percent

Crash-prone Snelling Avenue getting cable median barriers

"We try to look at areas the median barrier will prevent deadly or very serious crashes."
Bison at Minneopa State Park in Mankato.

Metro briefs: Nature center welcomes new bison herd

A herd of bison will return May 21 to the Belwin Conservancy for their summer stay, with a festival planned for the day of their…
Gardeners flock to the Friends School of Minnesota fundraiser plant sale Friday morning at the Minnesota State Fair grounds.

Finally! Minnesota snaps out of persistent cold spell

Record high temperatures are possible by Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.
A prisoner inspects license plates produced at Rush City correctional facility north of the Twin Cities.

Why does Minnesota require new license plates every seven years?

Regularly replacing license plates is a hassle for drivers that dates back more than three decades.
Motorcyclist dies after crashing twice in Minneapolis

Motorcyclist dies after crashing twice in Minneapolis

The victim who was in his 50s crashed while driving on Minnehaha Avenue at 32nd and 35th streets.
Drivers navigated through a construction zone on I-94 in downtown St. Paul on Thursday. The freeway is reduced to two lanes.

Portions of 7 major Twin Cities highways closed this weekend

Projects delayed two weeks by April's cold and soggy weather stacked on top of construction already underway are combining to create the motoring misery.
A suspect who led police on a pursuit crashed on southbound Hwy. 100 during the Thursday morning rush hour. The vehicle caught fire and forced traffic

Pursuit of shooting suspect ends with fiery crash on Hwy. 100 in Golden Valley

The suspect was wanted in connection with a shooting Thursday morning in Brooklyn Park.
Man who died in Anoka jail was 20-year-old from Andover

Man who died in Anoka jail was 20-year-old from Andover

Results of a toxicology test have yet to come back.
Man seriously injured in Brooklyn Park shooting where 25 rounds were fired

Man seriously injured in Brooklyn Park shooting where 25 rounds were fired

Three suspects were arrested; one had a handgun with him, police said.
Tracy Peck

In 1999, a Blaine woman offered two refugees $100 and a kind note. This week they met again

A video that went viral on social media and a CNN report led to the reunion over Zoom on Sunday.
Bde Maka Ska on March 28.

Gas main break leads to evacuations near Bde Maka Ska

Construction crews hit the line while working near Lake Street and Market Plaza.
BCA names victim, officers involved in shooting near Bowlus, Minn.

BCA names victim, officers involved in shooting near Bowlus, Minn.

Charles Bangs, 59, of Fergus Falls died of multiple gunshot wounds outside of Bowlus, Minn.
Texas is one of 27 states that use roadside electronic message boards to post highway fatality numbers.

U study finds signs displaying highway death tolls lead to more crashes

The idea behind the low-cost attention-grabbing strategy is to get motorists to drive safely, but it's not working as planned.
Brian Wareham, a mechanic at St. Louis Park Municipal Service Center, engraved a catalytic converter with the car’s license plate number. This was p

Catalytic converter thefts soaring in Twin Cities suburbs

The Twin Cities metro area is the riskiest place in the country for such thefts, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
Metro briefs: Minnetonka considers affordable housing project

Metro briefs: Minnetonka considers affordable housing project

A proposed affordable housing project that would bring a dozen townhouses and two single-family houses to the Minnetonka Mills neighborhood is getting mixed reviews from…
1 dead after deputy, trooper fire weapons near Little Falls, authorities say

1 dead after deputy, trooper fire weapons near Little Falls, authorities say

One man was killed and a second person was injured Thursday evening.
Michael Bourgeois

Man charged with arson in Blaine house fire

Witnesses ran after the suspect and identified the suspect as the arsonist, the charges said.
Man fatally shot to death in north Minneapolis late Thursday is identified

Man fatally shot to death in north Minneapolis late Thursday is identified

A relative of the victim was detained by police.
Mosquitoes, too, aren’t big fans of Minnesota’s chilly spring so far, and the cool weather will likely mean fewer of the pests this summer.

Waiting for spring warmth? So are the mosquitoes

They will arrive later, and there will be fewer of them.
A sign outside Minnesota Lottery headquarters celebrates the state’s first Mega Millions jackpot winner.

State's first Mega Millions jackpot winner claims prize but keeps identity a secret

The married couple have been playing the lottery since their first date more than 30 years ago.
Traffic was backed up on I-94 near Dewey St. N in St. Paul in 2017. MnDOT is studying ways to ease traffic congestion on Twin Cities roadways.

MnDOT studying ways to bring congestion relief for drivers

The goal is to provide motorists with more consistent or dependable travel times.
Woman killed in crash on icy highway near Breckenridge, Minn.

Woman killed in crash on icy highway near Breckenridge, Minn.

Fergus Falls driver lost control in snowy conditions on Hwy. 210 and collided with a semitrailer truck.
A commuter walked past the Mary Tyler Moore Statue on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday afternoon.

Oh, spring, where art thou? It may not warm up until May

Aprils have been trending cooler in recent years, according to the Minnesota State Climatology Office, but that does not mean we're in for a cool summer.
Construction had lanes closed on Interstate 94 at John Ireland Boulevard in downtown St. Paul last summer.

Delays expected as road work on I-94 resumes in downtown St. Paul

Closures will start Thursday, pushed back after the blustery spring weather.
David Zaffrann spoke during a Jan. 10 online City Council meeting in Brooklyn Center.

Brooklyn Center manager leading public safety reforms resigns after 3 months

David Zaffrann was hired in January.
Threat moves Mahtomedi middle and high school students to online learning today

Threat moves Mahtomedi middle and high school students to online learning today

Elementary students will still attend classes in person.
A Nice Ride representative showed off a bike during a celebration to kick off the 2022 riding season at the Downtown YWCA on Nicollet Mall.

Nice Ride hopes to keep momentum going after a record-breaking 2021

Last year, 70,000 riders hopped on a bike or scooter for the first time, according to the company's data.
Blue Line trains would run through north Minneapolis on their way to Brooklyn Park under the preferred route revealed Monday, April 18, by the Met Cou

Met Council reveals preference for route extending Blue Line to Brooklyn Park

The public can submit comments through May 18 online or at in-person meetings.
Fire damages Rochester church

Fire damages Rochester church

A sprinkler system helped contain the blaze at Peace United Church of Christ.
Traffic on Hwy. 252 at 85th Avenue in Brooklyn Park. MnDOT has designated the intersection as one of the most dangerous in the state.

MnDOT back to square one with redo of one of state's most dangerous roads

No meaningful construction will happen for at least four years as state seeks input for Hwy. 252.
Andrew Tolbert

Metro briefs: Brooklyn Park officer named Negotiator of the Year

Brooklyn Park police officer and crisis negotiator Andrew Tolbert has been named the Special Operations Training Association's Negotiator of the Year.Tolbert won the award for…
Tara Olivia Plum

Coon Rapids woman charged with assaulting father

Tara Plum was also in the news in December as an Instacart driver who dumped an elderly couple's groceries on the ground.
Roseville schools settle race discrimination lawsuits

Roseville schools settle race discrimination lawsuits

Terms of the settlement announced this week and another case involving former Harambee Elementary teacher Geraldine Cook resolved in January were not released.
Crashes in Carver, Mower counties leave 2 motorists dead

Crashes in Carver, Mower counties leave 2 motorists dead

The victims are a 61-year-old man from Waltham, Minn., and a 53-year-old man from Silver Lake, Minn.
Man dies in semi vs. car crash in north Minneapolis

Man dies in semi vs. car crash in north Minneapolis

The incident happened near 39th and Lyndale avenues N. around 10 p.m. Thursday.
Felony charges for motorcyclist who ran school bus stop arm, hit student in Edina

Felony charges for motorcyclist who ran school bus stop arm, hit student in Edina

Terrence Jacquise Mather-Lymon did not have a driver's license and was riding a motorcycle for the first time when he struck the boy
Several homes and buildings were destroyed in Taopi, Minn., Tuesday night when powerful storms rolled through Mower County.

Tornado flattens Taopi in Mower County: 'Half the town is gone'

Homes were destroyed and residents evacuated from the town of about 80 people southeast of Austin, Minn.
For the first time, a Mega Millions jackpot ticket was sold in Minnesota.

Mega Millions ticket sold in Ramsey wins $110 million jackpot

It's the first time that someone in Minnesota has won the top prize.
High winds blew several semitrailer trucks off Interstate 35 near Faribault on Tuesday afternoon.

Tornadoes spotted in southern Minnesota, straight-line winds topple nine semis on I-35

Large hail reported in several towns.
A wrong way driver died in a crash Tuesday night on I-35E in St. Paul

Wrong-way driver dies after hitting 3 vehicles on I-35E in St. Paul

The driver struck a school bus and two other vehicles before rolling over near Grand Avenue.
Jimmy Fuller Jr.

Jimmy Fuller, veteran and businessman who ran the Riverview Supper Club, dies at 83

Fuller was also an avid bowler and served in the U.S. Air Force.
Daniel Magner rides his bike down Park Avenue towards downtown as a spring storm brought a mixed bag of precipitation to the metro, including snow Wed

Powerful storm could bring tornadoes Tuesday, snow Thursday to state

A persistent cool period will extend well into next week, the National Weather Service said.
Charlie Flocken

Pedestrian fatally hit in Columbia Heights was talented man who was always smiling, girlfriend says

Charlie Flocken was crossing Central Avenue near 45th Avenue when he was hit by an SUV Saturday night.
In a one-week period in November 2020, the Minnesota Department of Transportation found just 36% of the more than 333,000 drivers who passed through a

MnDOT eyes cameras, control vehicles to curb speeding in work zones

The "Work Zone Speed Management" study outlines 14 ideas for reducing vehicle speeds and explores approaches for improving safety in work zones.
One dead in East Bethel crash

One dead in East Bethel crash

The single-vehicle crash happened late Thursday on Hwy. 65
Both directions of Hwy. 10 will be closed in Anoka from Friday night to Monday morning to allow MnDOT to remove the 4th Avenue and Rum River Trail ove

Hwy. 10 closure over weekend will cause long detours in Anoka area

Crews will be removing two bridges while the highway is shut down.
A Northstar train prepared to depart Target Field station in August 2020.

Funding flap led agency to halt Northstar service for Twins games

Metro Transit says it can't afford to run special trains to Target Field without the money it was expecting from Anoka County. But a county official says the decision has "become political."
Portions of Jackson Street will be rebuilt in 2025 and could be come part of Anoka’s “Downtown Entertainment District.”

Anoka wants to pilot state's first 'social district' where patrons can buy a drink and stroll

A proposed bill in the Legislature would allow the northern suburb to test a "Downtown Entertainment District."
Tama Theis, R - St. Cloud, Dan Wolgamott. DFL - St. Cloud, St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis, and Police Chief Blair Anderson held a news conference Monday t

Minnesota legislators introduce bills to recruit and retain police officers

Bills would make $35 million available to recruit applicants and give officers a break on state income taxes to keep them.
Crews patched potholes in crosswalks and the intersection of 7th Street and 1st Avenue N. near Target Center last week.

As crews scramble to keep up with pothole season, here's who to call

And Northstar trains will not run for Twins games this year.
Farmington City Administrator Lynn Gorski

Metro briefs: Farmington leaders appoint new city administrator

The Farmington City Council has appointed Lynn Gorski, former assistant city administrator, to fill the city administrator role.Gorski will replace City Administrator David McKnight, who…
A man was shot multiple times inside a home on the 1200 block of Hewitt Avenue in St. Paul early Friday. A resident in the home said the man broke in

Police investigating two fatal shootings in St. Paul

The deaths are the city's 12th and 13th homicides of 2022.
During a 2019 enforcement effort, Eagan officer Kirsten Dorumsgaard printed a ticket for a motorist who had been typing on a phone while driving.

New enforcement vs. distracted driving begins in Minnesota

For the next 30 days, police and state troopers in Minnesota and several other states will be watching. Drivers have come up with secretive ways to avoid being ticketed.
Skyways leading to Target Center and the Minneapolis Convention Center will remain open until 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday, which is later than usual

Minneapolis skyways near Target Center, Convention Center to stay open late for Final Four festivities

But indoor walkways in other parts of downtown will not have extended hours this weekend.
Eastbound Interstate 94 in Maplewood is closed due to multiple crashes Thursday morning.

All lanes reopened on I-94 in Maplewood, I-35W in Lino Lakes

Icy roads led to crashes that forced closures on both routes during Thursday's morning rush hour.
Traffic jammed up on Hwy. 10 at Greenhaven Road in Anoka where a two-year construction project has the highway reduced to one lane in each direction f

235 construction projects on MnDOT's 2022 to-do list

Traffic-tangling projects include Hwy. 10 in Anoka, Hwy. 169 in Elk River and I-35E and I-94 in downtown St. Paul.
The Women’s Final Four Official Court was installed at Target Center early Sunday morning in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Installa

How to get around Minneapolis during the Final Four? We've got you covered

Here is your guide to getting to the NCAA Women's Final Four games and events, and getting around downtown.
Officers hurt while breaking up large fight in Brooklyn Center

Officers hurt while breaking up large fight in Brooklyn Center

A man was arrested and three females were cited for various offenses and released, police said.
Passenger seen standing on roof of bus as it rolled along I-94 in Minneapolis

Passenger seen standing on roof of bus as it rolled along I-94 in Minneapolis

No one was hurt during the incident, which happened during Tuesday's afternoon rush hour in north Minneapolis.
Husband charged in fatal Champlin stabbing

Husband charged in fatal Champlin stabbing

Witness tells police, "He killed her."
Woman fatally stabbed in Champlin; husband arrested

Woman fatally stabbed in Champlin; husband arrested

A 35-year-old woman was found not breathing outside a residence on Monday night.
In this image from a video on Twitter, the downtown St. Paul Lunds & Byerlys is seen on fire early Tuesday. The store will be closed until further not

Fire damages downtown St. Paul Lunds & Byerlys

The store at E. 10th and Robert streets will be closed until further notice.
Plymouth is asking for $20 million from the state to upgrade County Road 47, which the city has recently taken over from Hennepin County. It’s also

Plymouth asks residents for ideas to rename County Road 47

One suggestion pays nod to the Dakota who owned land near Parkers and Medicine lakes.
Roland Minda

Roland Minda, award-winning public relations giant, dies at 96

He ran Minda Associates for more than 30 years and hosted a TV show called "Strictly Seniors."